Letter from Henry James to Sir Edmund William Gosse
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Hotel Westminster [underline] Monday. [/underline [in pencil [May 1, 1893]]My dear Gosse, I have delayed toolong to thank you foryour genial tact; whichphase attribute to themisery of my [Boulvard?]-baffledaspirations. Parisn'est plus possiblefrom my point of view.[page break]3-and I leave it tomorrowor next day, where myaddress will be: [underline] HotelNational, Lucerne. [/underline] Ijoin my brother there for a short time. This placecontinues to [underline] rengorger [/underline]with sunshine & sauces,not to mention others Itappeals to the senses& pitfalls to the pocket.[page break]I am not alluding in partic-ular to the Queen of [Golenda?]!I have read [underline] Matelot [/underline] moreor less over again, for theextreme penury of the ideain Loti, & the almost puerile[tininess?] of this particular[------], [-----] me not a jotfrom the irresistible charmthe rascal's very limitationshave for me. I drink himdown as he [underline] is [/underline]- like a philtreor a [underline] baiser [/underline], or the collection[page break]of his [underline] moindre mots [/underline] hasa peculiar magic for me.Read [underline] aloud [/underline] to yourself thepassage ending section XXXV-the upper part of p 165, andperhaps you will find in itsomething of the same strange [underline]elo-quence [/underline] of [strikethrough]? [/strikethrough] suggestion & rhythm as I do whichis what literature [-----] when it is most exquisite & whichconstitutes its sovereign value& its resistance to devouringtime and yet what [underline] [-----]iseries! [/underline] . Paris continues gorgeous& rainless, but less torrid. I havebecome inured to fear as careless[page break]of penalties. There are no new books but oldpapiers de famille & d'arriere,boutique [dished/] [if?]. PoorHarland came & spent2 or 3 hours with methe other afternoon- ata cafe's front & on chairsin the Champs Elysees.He looked better than thetime previous, but notwell; and I am afraidthings are not too[page break]well [underline] with [/underline] him. One wouldlike to help him- & I tryto - in talk; but he is nottoo helpable, for there is achasm too deep to bridge. Ifear, in the pitfall of his literarylongings unaccompanied by this[underline] faculty.[/underline] Apropo of such thingsI am very glad to see yourfaculty is reflowering. I shallreturn to England for the volume.Are you writing about Symonds?[Vale?]- especially in the manualpart. And [------] your [underline] douer compagne. [/underline]Yours, my dear Gosse, always- [underline] Henry James [/underline][envelope][underline] Londres [/underline]Edmund Gosse, esq. 29 Delamere Terrace Westbourne Square [underline] London [/underline] W.
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